2013 Peaceseeker Award announced by Presbyterian Peace Fellowship (PPF)Joint Statement of Thanks from the Israel Palestine Mission Network and Jewish Voice for Peace
September 28, 2012
The Israel Palestine Mission Network (IPMN) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) together want to express a heartfelt and enthusiastic word of thanks to the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship for being named as co-recipients of the PPF 2013 Peaceseeker Award.
As organizations advocating for justice within different faith traditions, we have been advocating for peace and justice for Palestinians and Israelis for many years. JVP was founded in 1996 to give voice to the growing number of Jews and allies who oppose the Israeli occupation and support the universal application of human rights. IPMN was formed as the result of a mandate by the 216th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in 2004.
JVP welcomed the 2004 GA decision to engage in "phased, selective divestment" and has supported that process with delegations of Jews sent to offer witness at the 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012 General Assemblies.
At the IPMN annual meeting in October, 2006 the fledgling network created its mission statement and the leadership structure that would pursue the vision of justice and peace that carries it to this day.
Over the years, the joint efforts of IPMN and JVP have helped move the Assembly to endorse the Amman Call and to direct the Mission Responsibility Through Investment Committee (MRTI) of the denomination to continue corporate engagement with companies that were profiting from non-peaceful pursuits in Israel-Palestine. We are proud of the meaningful interfaith, justice-seeking relationships that we have built and that have sustained us throughout many General Assemblies.
One of the special aspects of our working relationship comes in understanding that although our faith traditions are different, our commitment to justice is the same and that we each bring gifts that enhance our shared witness as it continues to grow both deep and wide. It is also importantfor us to say, in receiving this prestigious award that our work would not be complete without the relationships both organizations have built and maintained with our Muslim brothers and sisters who also strive for justice and peace. In that sense, we also accept this award on their behalf.
But our work is not done. We invite Christians, Jews, Muslims, and peoples of all faiths and cultures to join us. We call on them to heed the call of the Presbyterian General Assembly and boycott all goods produced in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Join us in advocating for a day in which the Presbyterian Church (USA) will no longer be complicit through its investments in non-peaceful pursuits.
We pledge our continuing faithfulness towards peace in this broken world until that time when “justice shall roll down like waters, and righteousness like an everflowing stream,” (Amos 5:24).
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